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Cooley says Zorn lost the locker room


Cooley and Chick.


Sample comment to be used below: "Who cares about Zorn any more? Why are you still writing this? Why are you so negative? Why does the Washington Post even pay your salary?"

After the Redskins lost to the Lions last year, a popular question among media members was whether Jim Zorn had lost the locker room. London Fletcher and Santana Moss explicitly said that Zorn hadn't lost the room that week. It got the point that Mike Wise even lampooned the question in his column that week, writing that "People are already raising pitchforks around here, demanding to know whether Jim Zorn has "lost the locker room" -- as if it's some inanimate object easily found by a GPS."

Well, Chris Cooley recently talked to Chick Hernandez about the 2009 season on a golf course, as part of Comcast SportsNet's Tee Time show. And, surprise surprise, he said that after the Lions game, Zorn lost the locker room.

"You go back to training camp year two of Zorn, and all of us we were excited," Cooley said. "We said this was gonna be our year, we had all this time to work together, put this offense together, and it was worse from Game 1 than it had ever been the year before. And I think by the time we lost to the Lions, he lost the locker room. And I liked him, I thought he was a great guy, it's just guys were frustrated. Guys in the locker room were frustrated about what we were doing, how we were playing. And I think at that point, a lot of people knew there was gonna be a change made."

Cooley was, as he's often been, cautiously optimistic about the Shanahan Era, saying that it's way too early to judge but that things seem good. He also said that he once smashed seven helmets in a single season, but that helmet smashing is now out.

"It was great, because when Gibbs was here, I could actually have a temper tantrum and smash my helmet, and I think they actually liked it -- like, hey, this guy cares," Cooley said. "I would be reprimanded now for smashing my helmet."

And Cooley also said that Todd Yoder's idea for naming plays after small furry mammals has lived in, even with Yoder's departure.

"Artis [Hicks] and I had this amazing dummy call system at the line of scrimmage worked out," Cooley said. "We really had our defense on their toes. We were using small furry mammals for any kind of call that was real, and then all the dummy calls we would use the real calls for.

"When you're playing against your own defense, when you're playing against a team that plays you a lot, they hear the calls and a lot of the line calls are the same. For example if you call ted, it's TE, tackle and tight end, and they expect double teams. So instead we would call ferret or mongoose. And then when it was a pass or something else, to get them to expect a double team, then we'd call ted. We had a great system."

In summary, Chris Cooley believed Jim Zorn to be a GPS-deprived helmet-smashing mongoose. Thank you.

Sample comment to be used below: "How can I apply for your job? Can't you write about a sport that's in-season? Why is Chris Cooley so biased against muskrats? First!"

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 2:19 PM ET
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Comments

The Post pays salaries? Awesome! I thought all the legacy media were handing out Wegman's gift certificates these days...

Posted by: Hendo1 | July 19, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

How can I apply for your job? Can't you write about a sport that's in-season? Why is Chris Cooley so biased against muskrats? First!

Posted by: nicko | July 19, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

If Zorn had a team that was assembled in a better way, with a healthy offensive line, a competent quarterback and playmaking receivers then maybe he could have got it done.

But the team the players were so bad that it just came to a point where Zorn was the scape-goat for everything.

and umm question: "who cares about zorn around here anyway?"

Posted by: mrhney03 | July 19, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jeez Dan, couldn't you atleast write about a sport that is in season? So...yeah, just Nats and United until August. Mystics don't count - they're girls.

And the Kastles don't count, Mr. Tony said their home "stadium" is just an empty parking lot with folding chairs setup.

Posted by: tha_prophet | July 19, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Zorn any more? Why are you still writing this? Why are you so negative? Why does the Washington Post even pay your salary?

Posted by: TheDutchman1 | July 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, Zorn lost all of the fans the day he said "black and yello."

Who cares about Zorny?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | July 19, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Maroon and black, Ray, maroon and black.

Posted by: ncromcr | July 19, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Granted, I don't know anything about football at that level, but it seems to me you blame the coaches if you lose to the Patriots, or Cowboys. Seems that good players should beat the lions, even with bad coaching. Isn't a loss to the Lions time to blame the players?

Am I wrong? Right?

Posted by: etin | July 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

You might think so, but NFL football is pretty coach-centric. I suspect Zorn could've gotten the '85 Bears down to about 6-10. Except that Ryan would probably have killed him by mid-October.

Posted by: zimbar | July 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Talk about mailing it in... Dan, Dan, Dan... Seriously, do you think the IRS believe that you work for the post?


Posted by: samiismoni14 | July 19, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Football is like a game of Chess, only that your GM or owner or whoever get to pick what kind of pieces you get to play with, and the other side gets to pick theirs.

The coach is a chess player. Now if he is a good chess player or bad can determine many of the out comes... and sometimes your going into a game with a full chess set, but the other team has 4 queens to start.

That said Jim Zorn is not a great chess master. The Redskins of that year may have not had all their pawns in a row but they had enough pieces to win more than 4 games.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 19, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Zorn did the best he could...he was in a tight spot; refuse the gig and never get the opportunity again OR take it and fail miserably but at least you tried.

Fact it, if the Danny had not knee jerked his way thru coaches and staffs and players, etc., Zorn would have never been in that position. And now, if they do win, it will be in spite of the Danny's idiocy.

And mark my words: 'The Danny would rather LOSE his way than win and let Shallehan take the credit for it.' He'll ONLY be mentioned for butting out and letting the PROFESSIONALS run the team.

Plus, he'll NEVER be beloved in this town (Like The Squire) regardless of how many SB's they win and that just KILLS him. His ego/napoleon complex has led us to this point, has it not? Has he done anything to make you think he's changed??

We'll see how it plays out...but if not at least at NFC East title, look for Shallehan to be sent packing, 3 years tops.

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 19, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Next week their should be an article about Vinny C. signing DeAngelo Hall and how Cools reacted to it.

Posted by: Rex91 | July 19, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Next week there should be an article about Vinny C. signing DeAngelo Hall and how Cools reacted to it.

Posted by: Rex91 | July 19, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"Who cares about Zorn any more? Why are you still writing this? Why are you so negative? Why does the Washington Post even pay your salary?"

Well? Did you answer your own questions? I didn't read pass that question mark so I guess I don't care if you did or not.

Posted by: isthatallthereis | July 19, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Football is like a game of Chess, only that your GM or owner or whoever get to pick what kind of pieces you get to play with, and the other side gets to pick theirs.

The coach is a chess player. Now if he is a good chess player or bad can determine many of the out comes... and sometimes your going into a game with a full chess set, but the other team has 4 queens to start.

That said Jim Zorn is not a great chess master. The Redskins of that year may have not had all their pawns in a row but they had enough pieces to win more than 4 games.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 19, 2010 5:29

******************************************

Um, lets put down the pipe.

(I would also recommend Madden PS3 over chess stoned any day of the week, not that Dan would know.)

Am I wrong? Right?

Posted by: dlr13754 | July 20, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Football is like a game of Chess, only that your GM or owner or whoever get to pick what kind of pieces you get to play with, and the other side gets to pick theirs.

The coach is a chess player. Now if he is a good chess player or bad can determine many of the out comes... and sometimes your going into a game with a full chess set, but the other team has 4 queens to start.

That said Jim Zorn is not a great chess master. The Redskins of that year may have not had all their pawns in a row but they had enough pieces to win more than 4 games.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 19, 2010 5:29

******************************************

Um, lets put down the pipe.

(I would also recommend Madden PS3 over chess stoned any day of the week, not that Dan would know.)

Am I wrong? Right?

Posted by: dlr13754 | July 20, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Zorn didn't play defense...the players did,or in this case didn't.

How many fourth quarter leads were squandered then left to a mediocore set of receivers with no running game and no offensive line ?

Time to helmet up...the players played the games,and not very well.

Posted by: petebowling1 | July 20, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dan

Somebody is sleeping at the switch. You've got two links "Cooley Talks" and "Cooley on Zorn,furry animals" and its the exact same story with the same picture.

Somebody needs to reurn som of their paycheck!

Posted by: rillbizi | July 20, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

"How can I apply for your job?

Posted by: Rocky420 | July 20, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Dan: " Football has been berry berry good to me. Now we talk about baseball, I know nuthin about baseball, but football, be berry, berry good to me..."

Ok, I ripped it off from SNL and changed it around... you get the point...

Posted by: joeyndan | July 20, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"Who cares about Zorn any more?

Posted by: gringo184 | July 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

This team oozes accountability. The players can only blame last year's coach up until this season starts.

When they get their rear ends handed to them in week 1, what's going to be the excuse then?

We need more time?

Posted by: Scoonie97 | July 20, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Who is this "Jim Zorn" he's talking about?

Posted by: nojunk4me | July 20, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

From the head coach to the offensive line, Snyderrato truly built one of the worst Redskins teams of all time.

Posted by: smutsboy | July 20, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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